Balderdash. I get the importance of watching the P&L statements - but they also have certain responsiblities to give their readers credible information.
In that light, here's a letter I sent to the newspaper a while back illuminating my opinion on this topic:
To the Editors:
The time has passed when commentary on tablecloth colors and wall pictures are enough to enlighten your readers. It's really not important whether "Mary" came right over and handed us a menu. Or if her uniform was blue or red. We want to know more! We deserve to know more!
Here are just a few things we would like to know:
Are the offerings processed or fresh? Are they buying food at Costco and reheating? Is the fish fresh or frozen? Are the salad dressings bottled or home-made? Do they use canned or fresh mushrooms on the pizza? Is it really goat cheese or are they cutting it with cream cheese? Is the wait staff knowledgeable? Is service speedy or slow? Is the food any good?
With this information, we can make an informed choice on whether to spend our money at a particular restaurant.
Here are a few things we do NOT need to know - they add virtually nothing to our knowledge base: Who the reviewer ate with. How full they were before they started eating. How full they were when they finished. How many pages are in the menu. We don't need a review of Pizza Hut. We need to know whether we should spend our money at the new joint in town.
Please consider hiring a real foodie to give us the scoop on restaurants.
And, really - if someone is going to review an ethnic restaurant - make sure they know how the food SHOULD taste! Someone who isn't well versed in , say, Indian food, shouldn't be reviewing a new Indian establishment!
Find someone knowledgeable - and let them share the information with us!
Now… All together, Joan Rivers 3 favorite little words: Let’s Eat Out!